GE Healthcare’s Mural Virtual Care Solution allows clinicians to remotely view numerous ventilated patients and identify patients at risk of deterioration


GE Healthcare introduces new software solution to support the treatment of COVID-19. (Credit: Daniel Roberts from Pixabay.)

US-based medical technology firm GE Healthcare has introduced a new software solution Mural to support clinicians and health systems in treating COVID-19 patients.

The company has integrated its Mural virtual care solution, designed to provide a broad view across the ventilated patient population in hospitals to help identify patients at risk of deterioration, with the Microsoft Azure cloud platform as part of its collaboration with Microsoft.

Microsoft global chief medical officer David Rhew said: “Now more than ever we need to manage a greater number of ventilated patients with limited resources. Mural Virtual Care on Microsoft Azure allows for remote management and surveillance of ventilated patients at scale.”

Mural virtual care solution offers a broad view of patients in hospitals

According to the company, with the rise in the number of COVID-19 patients in health systems, hospitals would face increased demands on clinical resources.

GE said that its Mural virtual care solution will address the issue by leveraging clinical surveillance of intensive care unit (ICU) patients in a central place, and provides a complete view of patient data across the hospital network.

The solution, installed across a 100-bed multi-site ICU network, will be monitored by three senior nurses and two intensivists around the clock. Mural offers near real-time data from ventilators, patient monitoring systems, electronic medical records, labs and other systems.

The solution will allow one clinician to monitor several patients simultaneously, adding to the existing monitoring devices in patients’ rooms, reducing clinicians’ exposure to COVID-19.

In addition to the remote management, Mural would also enable health systems to activate care protocols for treating COVID-19 patients and ensure the protocols being followed by caregivers.

GE Healthcare said that integrating its Mural with Azure will enable healthcare systems to access affordable and secure solution that can be deployed and scaled quickly.

GE Healthcare president and CEO Kieran Murphy said: “As both large and small hospitals treat the growing number of COVID-19 patients, the strain on healthcare providers and systems will be unprecedented.

“Not only is GE Healthcare providing critically important medical devices to address this global challenge, but we are also rapidly scaling technologies to aid clinicians in delivering safe, effective and efficient care. We are excited to have a partner like Microsoft to help us arm clinicians with the software tools they need.”